The Rise of a New ERA

new-bboysThis is a letter from the new generation addressed to those with us in our generation. This culture is a culture that has paved a way for us to follow and explore new dimensions in the art of bboying its self. We are privileged to have those before us that have set a bar to meet and hopefully surpass with new innovations to it, but still preserving the originality and quality it had when it first began. Building off of the foundation the OG’s, The Generals, and Innovators before us have set in place. Understanding that not only time and dedication will be needed, but great examples and growth is crucial to the preservation. This is our oath our promise and our guarantee to make sure we hold the culture and community to that standard.

For most of us  that started out in this era we have the privilege of seeing all types of styles and power from all over the world via the internet. In this technology age we are able to connect and contact those from the ends of the earth. In which this age can also be the plague to our culture (becoming a Eboy instead of a Bboy, Roxrite and Saso did a great video on it). We must understand that we can and have the ability to inspire each other and push ourselves. A lot of young bboys now want to get into the scene because its cool, its whats in, its hip. Some do it for picking up girls, some want to show off and thats where we can lose focus on what this culture was actually created for. Don’t get me wrong because there are those who love the culture and are here with right reason.  

“My wheelchair isn’t a limitation from my ability to dance and express my self, its the bridge for me to show others that i don’t have limitations and connect with them in hopes that they will pass the experience to others.”
Jams may have competitive battles through out the event, but there is one thing that happens at a jam that you don’t see at major sporting events or even tournaments. For example, I grew up wrestling and you would be chewed out by your coach if you got caught talking to friends on the other team. Bboying gives you the ability to connect with others through the dance and accept each other with out even saying any words to each other. Because you know that bboy/bgirl has worked just as hard to get to where his/her skill set is. When at Jam you can battle another crew, but when the cypher is on everyone gets to vibe out, express themselves, and just enjoy the environment. In the cypher is where the raw emotions, trials, tribulations, or outright happiness and joy comes out. I feel that sometimes at jams we have the wrestler dynamic in the cypher sometimes, people are watching with kinda of a stank face. The posture and body language isn’t welcoming at all, its a very ME mindset. If we are the new ERA or generation we have to be able to accept those who want to come in and show them that we are here for the culture, the community, and everyone else who wants to genuinely contribute to it. I was once told that 50 percent of life is just showing up, think about all the great things you have had the privilege to experience because you showed up.

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All in all as the new ERA, age, generation of the bboying culture I think the inspiration that we are looking for isn’t on youtube or watching countless videos of those before us. They are there to show us the dedication and time those bboys put into this craft, and community.(The between the breaks volumes are great examples and good reads) Those videos are like reference books to look back and see what they created. To learn from it and apply our own individual style for it.

 I was once told that 50 percent of life is just showing up, think about all the great things you have had the privilege to experience [just] because you showed up.

bboy3Our true inspiration comes from each other, the events and experiences we have together and the fact that you know you have additional resources and points of view to help you excel. I mean practicing by yourself is always great because you will learn to push yourself and discipline yourself. But when we get together, we share ideas give each other an outside point of view. We sometimes give each other the missing piece to learning something we’ve always wanted to comprehend. I met a guy who was once a 90’s boy who is now in a wheelchair. He left me with some words that had inspired me to not only train harder but to make myself more available for my community and culture, he said:

“My wheelchair isn’t a limitation from my ability to dance and express my self, its the bridge for me to show others that i don’t have limitations and connect with them in hopes that they will pass the experience to others.”

Be Focused, Stay True, and Be the Example.

– Simba

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